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4 healthy recipes to replace your favourite take-aways

Research has found takeaways in UK make up more than a quarter of the country’s the food outlets. Healthista brings you 5 recipes to make quickly and say goodbye to fast food.

A study conducted by the Cambridge University’s Centre for Diet and Activity Research, has found that takeaways in England make up more than a quarter of the country’s food outlets, a number that has risen by eight per cent in the last three years, concerning policymakers and councils about rising levels of obesity and other illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes.

Typical takeaway foods are normally high in calories, and that doesn’t even guarantee a great taste. And sometimes, when beer or wine is involved, it’s hard to resist a kebab or pizza. We’re hearing you. However, if you fancy the idea of take-away style food and would like to feel a little saintlier eating it, try one of these.

Cauliflower pizza

Whether you go for the traditional (tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese) or tropical (ham and pineapple), you’re talking about a fat and wheat overdose. Basically, carbicide. Try this instead – don’t pooh-pooh the idea of cauliflower as a base until you have tried it, seriously.

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • ½ cup mozzarella, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg

Quinoa burgers with tahini dressing and salsa:

Where’s the fun in a fast super-fat burger when you’re not drunk? Instead, try Healthista nutritionist Alli Godbold’s recipe of a vegetarian burger, a delicious combination of quinoa and chickpeas dressed with tahini sauce.

Ingredients 

For the burgers 

  • 100g quinoa (200g ready-cooked quinoa)
  • 200g frozen peas
  • 1 400g tin chickpeas
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • half tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 dates
  • large bunch fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon harissa
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 50g sesame seeds

For the salsa

  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 200g cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • balsamic vinegar
  • fresh coriander, chopped

salad leaves

For the dressing

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 6-8 tbsp boiling water
  • half a small garlic, finely chopped
  • 150g natural yoghurt
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • half tsp sea salt
  • quarter tsp black pepper

(this makes twice as much as you will need – but good to have in fridge)

Homemade Chinese crispy duck and pancake

With just 30 minutes roasting time and a simple marinade, this is impressive and crazy tasty and yet so simple. Great for satisfying those Friday night fat cravings without those dirty words. Fried. Chicken.

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 duck legs

Glazing mix

  • 1 liter boiling water
  • 6 tablespoons soft brown sugar
  • 150 milliliters rice vinegar

Marinade

  • 75 grams spring onion, chopped
  • 25 grams ginger, finely diced
  • 4 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons five spice
  • 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar

To Serve

  • 12 Chinese pancakes
  • 60 grams hoisin sauce
  • 4 spring onions, shredded
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced

Healthy chocolate mug cake

Forget the Starbucks chocolate filled muffin or or obscene Oreo McFlurry. This Mug cake, one of Healthista’s treats of the week is super indulgent and contains almond milk so it must be good for you. Best news, it’s ready in four tiny little minutes so could qualify as a take-away that you make at home it’s so quick!

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp self-raising flour 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 1 tbsp mashed banana
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk a few drops of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 small handful of dates, pitted and chopped

 

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